Friday, March 20, 2020

IHC takes the fun out of the Molasses Mine

E. L. Moore's Molasses Mine is one of life's conundrums. I'll never understand what they were thinking at AHM that made them decide to immortalize it in a kit. Although, I'm glad they did.

Martin sent me this photo of IHC's boxing. You can see they've taken all the fun out of it. At least when AHM reboxed the thing it became the Kaboom Powder Factory, which is certainly keeping to the Moorian spirit of the model. IHC stripped the life out of it by drearily renaming it Chemical Processing Plant, and adding an equally bland company name in brackets, American Reagent Company, in case there was any residual fun left. If, dear reader, you are the one who now owns the molds to this classic product, I beseech you to consider the name Cousin Cal's Chemicals as a starting point for any new releases :-)

And if that wasn't enough they slapped on some rather crudely made signs to emphasize the kit's brave new reality. Over there is the kit's sign sheet. My inner word-nerd gags at the 'No Trespass' sign, and the word DANGER written in green type - talk about mixed messages. 

And don't get me started on those box-top colours. They're enough to dangerously mix up my digester :-)


  1. In the same vein (pun intended), I finally figured out why the Molasses Mine tickled my brain. Naval stores. I think the kit could easily be mingled into a close approximation of a turpentine distillery. They were most often somewhat ramshackle affairs, with the fire kiln and chimney the only thing left standing years later. But the arrangement of tanks and the open air structure are what forge the connection in my mind. Sure, not as fun, but as a jumping-off point for a kitbash, it could work.

    1. That's an interesting idea. I haven't seen a turpentine distillery and I'll have to see what the internet has on tap...